The Basics


Laminate Flooring Types


Laminate Flooring History


How Laminate Flooring is Made


Is Laminate Right For Me?


About Laminate Flooring


Buying Help


Laminate Buying Checklist


Laminate Flooring Buying Guide


Installation & Care


How to Install Laminate Flooring


How to Care For Laminate Floors


Laminate: Pro or DIY?


Laminate Resources


Laminate Flooring Glossary


Frequently Asked Questions about Laminate Floors


Laminate Flooring DIY Videos



About Laminate Flooring

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You want the look of hardwood but don’t have the budget. Get ready for a great solution. Laminate flooring is durable, scratch, stain and fade resistant, easy to clean, hypoallergenic and perfect for households with pets and children and costs less than solid hardwood, every time. There are all kinds of laminates, not only with different looks but different plank widths and colors that are built to withstand different degrees of traffic. Laminates can resemble stone or ceramic tile but are best known as substitutes for wood floors. Best of all, the innovations in laminate keep on coming; new and better locking systems, embossing, new finishes and more.

What is Laminate Flooring?

A laminate floor is a high-tech floor made by fusing together several layers of materials into one board. The core layer or the center of the laminate floorboard is almost always made of high density fiberboard, but sometimes medium density fiberboard. This core, which supports the weight and stress of foot traffic, will affect how sturdy and stable your floor will be. Strength and stability is further ensured by the laminate’s bottom stabilizing layer. A decorative layer is fused on top of the core. The decorative layer is actually a picture of the floor that is printed on a type of “living paper”. A transparent wear layer is applied over the décor layer and is then treated with one or more coats of an aluminum oxide finish. This is what makes for the incredible wear resistance against scratches, burns, dents and stains that laminates are so famous for. Then there’s the locking system. It’s the system or the way the laminate boards will click together to form your floor. It’s the hallmark of laminate flooring to come with glue-free, click joints or locking systems that are easy to assemble. That’s why installing laminate floors has become something many people can do themselves. You virtually never need to glue a laminate floor to a subfloor nor build a level subfloor first like you would have to do with a solid hardwood installation.

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Before you make any purchasing decision that will last as long as a floor can, it makes sense to learn as much as you can about the products you are considering buying. Whether it’s information on the manufacturing process or information about alternatives to what you’re considering, it’s always a smart decision to be a smart consumer.

Is Laminate Right For Me? – Determine whether or not laminate is the best choice for your project

Types – Learn about the different types of laminate

Buying Guide – Learn how to make an informed laminate flooring purchase decision

Cleaning & Care – Find out how easy it is to care for a laminate floor

FAQs – Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about laminate flooring

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DawnP December 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Hi,

We are purchasing a new home and need to make a decision about flooring in order to move in. We have a 6 month old and the floor is on top of a crawl space. My concerns about laminate wood flooring are: durability, scratch resistance, can they hold up with the spills and wear of a toddler/ child, and the temperature factor- will the floor always be cold over a crawl space? Any suggestions as to the underlay and the mm rating we should go with? THANK YOU!

C Sulsar December 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I am considering an Acacia AC4 12mm laminate floor in my living room over a concrete slab. What is the best underlayment which provides a good moisture barrier and cushioning.

Thanks,
C. Sulsar

Carolyn January 3, 2013 at 3:04 am

I purchased a wardrobe in black brown and I need the dresser #501.21.50 to match and I am unable to find out when it will be available in Charlotte, NC. Please let me know when and if this is available.

Rodney Noriega January 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks Carolyn. Unfortunately we do not carry dressers as part of our product offerings. You can try stores locally like Lowe’s and see if they carry it.

Rodney Noriega January 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm

We sell two different underlayment: the Duo Foam for $0.25 per square foot and the SoundChoice for $0.49 per square foot. The Duo Foam is (http://www.builddirect.com/Flooring-Accessories/underlayment-2-in-1-Duo-Foam-Underlayment/ProductDisplay_10119_p1_10057243.aspx) made out of foam and meets the minimum requirements of your warranty. The SoundChoice (http://www.builddirect.com/Flooring-Accessories/-3-in-1-SoundChoice-Acoustical-Underlayment/ProductDisplay_10119_p1_10074922.aspx) is made out of fibre and has a sound barrier, so when you step on the flooring it will eliminate the sound feedback. Both have an integrated vapor barrier included.

If you want something basic that meets your warranty requirements, go with the Duo Foam. If you want something more enhanced with a sound barrier, go with the SoundChoice.

V Putala January 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

can you put any of your products down in a baat? Would you have to glue them down, due to
the fact that there are several hatches that need to be opened, ( they are in the floor ) Would
the dampness in the boat be a problem? I would not want mold or delamination. Thanks
The room we need to cover is !0 x 11. Thanks bluephish@comcast.net

Mike Giardini January 21, 2013 at 12:51 am

Do you have laminate flooring using Aluminum oxide surfacing??.

And in what color and pattern; and is the surface done with wire brushing??

Thanks you for your information.
Regards,’
Mike Giardini

decorating ideas blog January 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm

each time i used to read smaller articles or reviews that also clear their motive,
and that is also happening with this post which I am reading now.

Tom Deely February 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

What type of area rug is safe for laminate floors?

EARL G. VANDEYACHT June 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I am remodeling an 1800 sq ft. 1926 vintage adobe home that currently has 3/4″ thick X 3 1/4″ wide tongue & groove fir flooring nailed to 2″ X 10″ floor joists-12″ on center. The flooring is probably almost 90 years old and has shrunken some and has slight cupping. When the wind blows we can feel a breeze coming up through the flooring.
I want to do it right as I am remodeling this home for resale. I would like to put a laminate flooring over the existing floor.
What is recommended? A new subfloor? A laminate over an underlayment? What thickness and quality of laminate should I purchase. Thank you.

Richard Brooks July 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Do you have instructions for wall applications using Lamton 8mm material? My daughter wants me to install her Chocolate Maple flooring on the wall. Any Help? Thanks

Abhishek October 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I have laminated wooden furniture in my restaurant. Do i need to use any wooden polish maintainer. If yes then please recommend the frequency of same.Please advice

adeline masone January 19, 2014 at 7:21 am

Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?

I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time selecting between
BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something
unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

butch April 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

if I use a laminate flooring with pad attached should I use an underlayment too.
I do want as low of a sound proofing as possible.

thanks

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